Author: Jackie Kabler
Publication: One More Chapter, trade paperback, 2021
Genre: Psychological Suspense
Setting: Present-day Great BritainDescription: Are they the perfect couple . . . or is everything about Gemma and Danny's new life a complete lie?
A devoted wife . . .
A year ago, Gemma met the love of her life, Danny. Since then, their relationship has been perfect. But one evening, Danny doesn’t return to their new home.
A missing husband . . .
Gemma turns to the police. She is horrified by what she discovers – a serial killer is on the loose in Bristol. When she sees photos of the victims she is even more stunned . . . they all look just like Danny.
Who would you believe?
But the police are suspicious. Why has no one apart from Gemma heard from Danny in weeks? Why is there barely a trace of him in their flat? Is she telling them the truth, or is this marriage hiding some very dark secrets?
My Impression: Told in the first person, this is a fast-paced and enjoyable suspense novel about a relatable heroine whose husband is missing. Thank goodness she has a dog for comfort as her life spins out of control when the police suspect her of knowing more about Danny’s disappearance than she will admit. Gemma and Danny were so busy settling into their new home in Bristol that they hadn’t made any new friends or spent much time out and about. Alone and upset, Gemma can’t figure out what is happening to her life but as a former reporter she knows the police should be doing more, so asks her best friend Eva to come down from London to help her investigate. As a reader, I liked Gemma but have got so conditioned to unreliable narrators that I did not want to like or trust her!
The police procedural aspect of this book is also entertaining. I’d like to read more books about Detective Chief Inspector Helena Dickens and Detective Sergeant Devon Clarke, who are interesting characters with good rapport, so I hope the author follows up with them. The author kept them guessing as well as the reader! This is my twelfth book for the Cloak and Dagger Challenge.Links: HarperCollins * Bookstore.org * Barnes & Noble * Amazon * Book Depository
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